Marcello Lippi Biography

Marcello Lippi, an Italian former professional footballer player, is widely recognized as one of the most successful football managers in history. Currently serving as the manager of the Chinese national team, Lippi’s illustrious career includes leading Italy to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. With an impressive list of accomplishments, including multiple league titles and a UEFA Supercup, Lippi’s expertise and strategic prowess have earned him a place among the top managers of all time.

Quick Facts

  • Name: Marcello Romeo Lippi
  • Age: 75 years
  • Gender: Male
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Occupation: Football Player
  • Spouse: Simonetta Lippi (married in 1974)
  • Children: Davide Lippi, Stefania Lippi
  • Height: 6’0″ (183 cm)

Early Career

Marcello Lippi began his career as a footballer in 1969. He spent many of his playing years with Sampdoria and also played for Pistoiese for a while. He ended his career playing with Lucchese.

Coaching Career

In 1982, at the age of 34, Marcello Lippi retired from active football to pursue a career as a coach. He gained most of his experience playing with Sampdoria as a central defender. He worked as a manager for clubs such as Cesena, Lucchese, and Atalanta. The turning point of his career came when he led Napoli to a place in the UEFA Cup. He later began coaching one of the top Serie A clubs, Juventus. During his first season at the club, he won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia. The next season, he guided Juventus to the 1995 Supercoppa Italiana and the 1995-96 UEFA Champions League titles.

He served for five successful seasons at Juventus. In 1999, he moved to Internazionale and led the team to a fourth-place finish in the league as well as the 2000 Coppa Italia Final. However, he had to leave after the team suffered a disappointing defeat in the 2000-01 Serie A season. During the 2001-02 season, he was reappointed as the head coach of Juventus.

Lippi was appointed as the head of the Italian national team in July 2004, following Italy’s disappointing run at the UEFA Euro 2004 under coach Giovanni Trapattoni. During the 2006 World Cup, he received praise for adopting several tactical systems that helped the team’s offensive play. He eventually led the team to win the World Cup, beating France 5-3 in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie in the final. Lippi stated that it was his most satisfying moment as a coach.

However, Italy’s performance at the 2010 World Cup was very poor, and after the loss to Slovakia, Lippi resigned and was succeeded by Cesare Prandelli. On May 17, 2012, Lippi was officially signed by the Chinese Super League on a two and a half year contract. He resigned from the team in February 2015. Lippi was appointed manager of the Chinese national team in October 2016.

Family & Personal Life

Marcello Romeo Lippi was born in Viareggio, northern Tuscany, Italy, on April 12, 1948. Not much is known about his childhood or parents. He married Simonetta Lippi in 1974, and they have a daughter named Stefanie.

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